COAT OF SMILES, parody art of iconic symbols. A duck's hat, a mouse's ears and a smiling yellow button. Three iconic things brought together in one artwork.
The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of DUCKLAND creator and award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger – who worked on characters such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Silvester etc.), Pinky And The Brain, A.J.Hogg and Scooby-Doo, for studios such as Warner Bros., Disney, ReelFX and The Zanuck Company – in which he shares bits and pieces of his character design work, processes, visual development, inspirations and reference materials of current, past and future projects.
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PLEASE NOTE, the displayed parody artworks of classical cartoon characters are not copies but distinct satiric imitations, by exaggerating and transforming the original characters and their related indica (see 'Coat of Smiles') in a way that creates new originals and new meanings, different from the intentions of the originals.

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Monday, August 02, 2021

DUCKLAND 2

'Duckland 2' is on its way. In about two months from now, on October 14th 2021, Duckland will return with a grand show at the Orpheum Theatre.

This is first teaser material, not the actual poster. Apart from that, it is probably important to point out, that the show's nature will be different to its first instalment at the Kasematten venue on Castle Hill. It will be not a replicate of the original show. In fact, it will give more weight to the preliminary drawing process than to the finished work. I'll keep you posted!

*BTW, I didn't get Donald Duck's hat wrong, nor did I draw him, this is just one of my random cartoon ducks in a 1$ shop costume with a banana duct-taped to the head.

#duckland #animationart #parodyart #classicalcartoonartwork #characterdesign #creativeprocess #drawingprocess #floriansatzinger

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Swollen-hat-ed

As much I love my job as a visual development artist and character designer in the animation film industry, I also love the liberty of painting and drawing away without any guidance of a director or production designer. Working for film, of course, wouldn't work without guidance, it never would. Instructions are needed to reach a film team's goal.
However, parody-art works like a catalyser for me, it kind of weeds out all things constructional, prepared, coordinated etc. It's a little bit like staying drunk on drawing, so reality can't intervene with it.

#donaldduck #parodyart #originalart #floriansatzinger

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Donald Duck's earliest appearance (1932), re-created (2020)

I tried to blank out completely Donald Duck's visual evolution through the past 90 years, by just focusing on his earliest design, from 1932. I already had posted this, but anyways, I felt like reposting it. Enjoy your weekend, everyone.
However, since the weather became really bad over here, I'm thinking about watching an animated feature, today, which I haven't done for quite a while. Suggestions're highly welcome, no matter if classic or modern. Thanks!

#donaldduck #originalcharacterdesign #characterdesign #recreated #waltdisney #earliestappearance

Friday, July 30, 2021

Duckland 2: Cast-Out Material, Rough Colour Sketches

Another rough thingy I was taking a shot at. Eventually, it became way too obscure and gritty. The character's shape is okay, but gets completely consumed by the machine's silhouette. It's a good example for how to ruin a character design with gadgetry.

#duckland #exhibition #roughcoloursketch #castout #productionmaterial #characterdesign

The Duck That Once Flew Over Transparent Land

Cast-out design for 'Duckland 2'.

#duckland #floriansatzinger #orpheum #exhibition

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Things That Made Me: Pif Gadget

A couple of months ago, at great surprise, I was approached by French magazine 'Pif, le mag' to create a homage to the magazine's name-giving character Pif, in the form of a one-pager. What you need to know here is, that the magazine's German and Scandinavian spin-outs 'YPS' and 'Jippo' were major parts of my childhood and so were the adventures of 'Pif et Hercule'.

This here is the first panel of the one pager I did. Of course, I portrayed myself as a duck.

'Pif, le mag', from now at newsstands and book stores across France, nationwide.

#PifLeMag #YPS #Jippo #PifGadget #thingsthatmademe #Pif

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Donald Doom

Dear doomed sketchbook, this was just for my personal relaxation as well as for stress reduction and for fun. No deeper meaning included.

#DonaldDuck #DonaldDoom #roughcoloursketch #justfortheartofit #relaxation #stressreduction

Monday, July 26, 2021

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Duckland: Souvenir Photos

Throwback material from the Duckland show. Rough layout sketches vs supersized banners (27 x 5 meter i.e. 88,5 x 16,4 foot).
Size comparisons, visitors vs supersized cartoon glove vs preliminary thumbnail sketches.

Photos: Martin Schoenbauer. All rights reserved. #duckland #floriansatzinger #behindthescenes #exhibition #kasematten

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Rucksack Rocket

I looked out the rough process sketches of the Daffy Duck model sheet I posted the other day:

Daffy Duck © Warner Bros. All rights reserved.

#daffyduck #modelsheet #excerpt #drawingprocess #roughsketches #roughcoloursketch

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Zanuck Company

What a pleasure that was working with them, it really was, not only because of the production's thrillingly unique type but also because of the Zanuck Company's family entertainment head Rick Calabash, who's without doubt one of the most caring and adept creative executives I ever worked with. At one point in the production process, due to the time shift between L.A. and Europe, he kept his Skype all night open to make sure to be able to receive my workings real time and to provide me instantly feedback.

However, during this very time, for the simple pleasure of it, I did this speed colour sketch, spoofing one of Universal Studios' and Zanuck's most noted films, JAWS. I remember that the film poster's iconic colours and layout kind of jumped over to my wacky sketch almost by itself.

#thezanuckcompany #zanuckfamilyentertainment #rickcalabash #jaws #universalstudios